s200_james_l-smithI am Dr James Smith, a scholar who edits, or an editor who scholars.

Scrivener & Smith is where I do both of these things together, and where you can learn more about me.

A little about me: I received my doctorate in History from the University of Western Australia in 2014, and have been living and working in the United Kingdom for several years. My first academic book, Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism, is forthcoming from Brepols Publishers. I have also edited a volume entitled The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits, due soon from punctum books, and am currently co-editing a themed volume of the Open Library of the Humanities on New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies.

I am a Research Associate in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, and an active scholar and writer. I balance my time between scholarly research and freelance services. In October, I will be a visiting research fellowship at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub for a year. See more about my work here.

In addition I have over six years of scholarly editing experience in academic and commercial publishing. Most recently, this has included freelance work as a house editor and advanced editor (online testing) for Thomson Reuters UK. I am an Intermediate Member of the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders.


I am on Twitter and LinkedIn as a scholar/editor hybrid.